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Written in  C++ (FLTK)
Type  Desktop environment
Operating system  Unix-like
Developer(s)  Sanel Zukan, Vedran Ljubovic, Martin Pekar (retired), Mikko Lähteenmäki (retired), Dejan Lekic (retired), Szasz Pal (retired)
Initial release  6 January 2003 (2003-01-06) (1.0)
Stable release  2.1 / 21 June 2014 (2014-06-21)

EDE or Equinox Desktop Environment is a small desktop environment that is meant to be simple and fast. Previous 1.x versions were based on a modified version of FLTK called eFLTK, while later versions are based on pure FLTK 1.x.


Map of Ede, Netherlands


In EDE 2, eFLTK has been replaced with FLTK 1.x and EDE's own library, edelib (have nothing in common with EDELIB, the first library EDE used when the project was started). edelib contains functionality for creating a window, saving program configuration, communicating via D-Bus, loading icon themes, etc. EDE 2 follows guidelines.


Equinox (later renamed to the "Equinox Desktop Environment") is an open-source, X Window System desktop project that started in 2000 by Martin Pekar, with help of others, most notably Mikko Lähteenmäki who wrote the (original) EDELIB, Dejan Lekic, and Szasz Pal. The original EDE GNU Savannah project is still available for visitors who want to look at the early source code. In September 2002 the project moved to SourceForge mainly because SourceForge offered Subversion as VCS and had compile-farms so they could test FLTK on different platforms. Soon after the project was moved to SourceForge, Sanel Zukan joined the project, and few years after, Vedran Ljubović. All former authors except Sanel and Vedran left the team due to the lack of interest. Today, Sanel and Vedran are major driving force of the project.


The Equinox Desktop Environment is not as common in Linux distributions as other desktop environments such as KDE, GNOME, and Xfce.

EDE is available as an optional package in MINIX 3 and is in the Mandriva Linux medias since its version 2009.0.

EDE² packages are available for Arch Linux.

EDE Packages are available for Slackware via

Live CD

There is an Ubuntu remix with EDE available from remastersys(outdated).


EDE Wikipedia

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